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Nestle invests $80,000 in women’s golf open
Some 61 women golfers will tee off at St Andrews Golf Course, Moka, at the club’s annual Nestle/Nescafe Ladies Golf Open, this weekend .
Nestle, which has supported the event each year since its inception in 1989, has pumped $80,000 to open through its brands Svelty and newcomer, Nescafe Dolce Gusto.
The 29th edition of the two-day tournament offers high-level competition for women golfers of all skill levels, promotes healthy lifestyles among women and celebrates women in golf. The open is just one of two in T&T played over two days for women only and this tournament in particular, is a national team qualifier for selection in international competition later this year.
This was revealed at the launch of the event last Thursday, where the sponsorship cheque was presented to Angela Hodgkinson, captain, and Elizabeth Lawrence, treasurer of the St Andrews Golf Club, Ladies Section, at the company’s head office in Valsayn.
During the cheque handover ceremony, Elisa Doldron, head of Consumer Marketing at Nestle, expressed great pride in being a part of the advancement of women’s golf in T&T and the region, by extension. Supporting her sentiment, Rae-Ann Clement-Harper, senior Consumer Marketing manager, Nescafe Dolce Gusto highlighted the superior fit between women’s golf, a premium sport, and Dolce Gusto, a premium coffee.
In response, Lawrence thanked Nestle for its continued support in the promotion of women, and ladies golf in particular, through its Svelty and Dolce Gusto brands. Also present was Vashtie Bharat-Gyan, Consumer Marketing specialist, Dairy and Milk Powder.
The competition, which starts on Saturday, will be played in three flights to accommodate all handicap levels and will be contested as strokeplay over 36 holes with the second round on Sunday.
In recent times, the 1st flight has been dominated by the country’s junior golfers. Two-time defending champion Ysabelle Lawrence, 19, is, however, unable to defend her title this year due to academic responsibilities abroad. This means a new champion will emerge this year.
Before the open starts, the Ladies Section will host a warm-up tournament and cocktail reception for its players, which attracts lady golfers from the Caribbean and further afield. This year, 19 overseas players will participate from territories including Antigua, Barbados, Canada, Curacao, St Kitts, Suriname and the United Kingdom.